It had a Lamborghini-based, transverse 16-cylinder engine behind the driver.
RM Sotheby's is known for auctioning off the cream of the crop. The auction house tends to deal exclusively with highly collectible vehicles like the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO, and the McLaren F1, but sometimes it deals in fantastic oddballs that time forgot.
One such car is this Cizeta-Moroder V16T. Deemed an expensive failure back in the '90s, this unknown exotic was loosely based on the Lamborghini Diablo and is now going on the auction block. What makes this example so special is that it was the very first one built by the team of ex-Lamborghini engineers who wanted to turn the fledgling brand into a global player.
The Cizeta-Moroder V16T was the bastard child of music producer Giorgio Moroder and then Lamborghini development engineer Claudio Zampolli. This car couldn't be more '90s if it tried, and features a set of uber-cool stacked pop-up headlights, and enough air-ducts to swallow a whole flock of Egyptian geese. This example was first revealed in 1988 in Los Angeles and was showcased at the LA Auto Show in 1989. What makes this version so special is the fact that of the 10 vehicles ever built, this one is the only version to feature larger side air intakes with more strakes, unique fog lights and turn signals.
This vehicle underwent a full mechanical refresh in 2018. Power is provided by a 6.0-liter Lamborghini V16 engine that is mounted transversely (sideways). Thrust is sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed ZF manual transmission. For its time, this was one seriously fast car: it could reach a top speed of 204 mph, and the 0-62 mph sprint took only 4 seconds. This Cizeta-Moroder V16T is being sold with an American title, and while there is no price listed, we expect it to sell for more than your average Lamborghini Urus. One was up for sale for $725,000 last year.